the Peace Symbol Memorial in Beirut (photo)



The Lebanese authorities unveiled on Tuesday a sculpture of a knotted gun that has become a symbol of peace near a tower in the capital Beirut, whose devastating encounter brings to mind the scourge of civil war that once tore the city apart.

Swedish artist Carl Frederick Reuters made the original sculpture, a revolver with a revolving swivel and a nozzle attached to the Beatles’ John Lennon, after he was shot dead in New York in 1980.

The sculpture was erected outside the United Nations building in Manhattan, New York, and the Foundation for Nonviolence, founded by Reuters, made copies of it and placed it in cities all over the world.

The Beirut version was set up on the sea near the old Holiday Inn building, a concrete tower punctuated by bullet holes and bullets during the 1975-1990 civil war.


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